You have a good driving record. You have a job. You have a family. You have responsibilities. Your life revolves around you driving, whether it be for any of the above factors. But you just got a stunt driving charge in Ontario, and you don’t know what to do now.
Everything I read about stunt driving penalties is freaking me out
The penalties can be severe. Not just for your car or insurance, but for your civil liberties. You run the possibility of jail time, huge fines, license suspension AND the 6 demerit points. You won’t even know which penalties the prosecutor will be asking for until you arrive in court on your appearance date. And even then, you haven’t even seen the Province’s evidence against you. It’s a lot to take in at once.
Relax. Focus on one thing at a time
The first thing you have to worry about is getting your car out of the impound. This is the result of being charged with stunt driving. If the officer believes you are driving more than 50km/h over the speed limit, they will have your car towed and impounded at the roadside where they issue you the summons. Breathe and get through the next 7 days and get your car back. The cost of this will be high, and there is no recourse, even if you fight the charge later in the courts.
Get legal advice
It’s your first time getting this type of charge. Speak to an expert. It’s worth the time. If you were buying a new TV, you would get help from experts, whether this is YouTube videos, or the salesperson at the BestBuy store. With a stunt driving charge, find a lawyer that specializes and has experience with these charges, and request a free consultation. This is a no-brainer, considering what is on the line for you.Factor the costs
You’ve already paid around $1,000 to get your car out of impound. The cost of legal representation has a price tag as well. But don’t just weigh the cost against the possible $2,000+ fine for stunt driving. You have to weigh other factors such as:
- What will the yearly cost of my insurance increase be?
- What price tag can I put on staying out of jail?
- What is it worth to keep my driver’s license
If any of the above points are worth something to you, it is recommended to seriously consider getting help. Your livelihood is at stake. For some, that’s worth everything.
Can I go to jail for a stunt driving charge?
The Highway Traffic Act empowers the prosecutor to ask for jail time for stunt charges. However, prosecutors will make this determination on many factors such as rate of speed, age, your driving record, etc.
How can I get my stunt driving charge dismissed or withdrawn?
If there’s a BIG mistake with your charge, it may get withdrawn. Even if you’re guilty. These BIG mistakes are called 'Fatal Errors'. Fatal Errors are BIG mistakes that can't be fixed. If your case has a fatal error, there is a possibility your charge could get withdrawn. These Errors are usually found in your Disclosure
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